Occupations in Public Safety

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Generate ideas here, then connect with our staff advisors or your faculty advisor to make a plan.

 There are frequently many education paths to a target occupation, and there are many occupations your education could apply to! Some occupations in this area have short-term certificates that expand your opportunities as you learn.





How this list was compiled

Minimum Education Competitive Education Occupation (click on name for Oregon profile!) National Average
HS/GED Certificate** Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, Except Emergency $23,850
HS/GED Some College Bailiffs $42,670
HS/GED Some College Correctional Officers and Jailers $42,820
Doctorate Doctorate Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Pos $59,590
HS/GED Some College Detectives and Criminal Investigators $78,120
Bachelor Bachelor Emergency Management Directors $70,500
Credential Credential** Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics $32,670
Credential Credential Fire Inspectors and Investigators $58,440
Credential Credential Firefighters $48,030
HS/GED Some College First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers $60,560
Credential Credential First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Preven $74,540
HS/GED Some College First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives $84,840
Bachelor Bachelor Fish and Game Wardens $51,730
HS/GED Some College Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists $36,230
Doctorate Doctorate Law Teachers, Postsecondary $111,210
HS/GED Some College Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers $59,680
HS/GED Some College Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers $38,870
HS/GED Some College Private Detectives and Investigators $48,190
Bachelor Bachelor Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Spec $50,160
HS/GED Some College Protective Service Workers, All Other $28,720
HS/GED Some College Security Guards $25,770
HS/GED Some College Transportation Security Screeners $39,680


About the Author: Jenny Jones has Master's of Science in Mathematics and an MBA. Her writing stems from her research as a TAACCCT grant data analyst and her passion for empowering individuals to greater intellectual heights through life-long learning.